Map of places to visit in Aquitaine

You can find details of some of the places we suggest you visit near Aquitaine below the map...

 
 

Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure:

The ruins of the Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure contain some very impressive examples of roman style architecture such as carved capital stones

Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure guide

Agen:

The principal town in Lot-et-Garonne, Agen is pleasant to explore if not a 'tourist town'

Agen guide

Ainhoa:

Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

Ainhoa guide

Allemans-du-Dropt:

Although small, Allemans-du-Dropt has a few monuments of interest of which our favourite is the church with its medieval frescoes.

Allemans-du-Dropt guide

 
 

Andernos-les-Bains:

Andernos-les-Bains is a pleasant seaside town on the Bassin d'Arcachon in SW France.

Andernos-les-Bains guide

Anglet:

Anglet, close to Biarritz, is also a good place to enjoy some of the most southern beaches of the French Atlantic coast

Anglet guide

Arcachon:

Arcachon is one of our favourite seaside resorts in France and has lots to explore. Recommended!

Arcachon guide

Arcachon Zoo:

Arcachon zoo is home to over 800 animals including rhino, elephants and tigers.

Arcachon Zoo guide

Barbaste:

In the center of Barbaste you can see a 13th century fortified mill and a 12th century bridge

Barbaste guide

 
 

Bayonne:

Bayonne is oten neglected because of famous neighbour Biarritz, but is well worth exploring!

Bayonne guide

Beaumont-du-Perigord:

The traditional bastide town of Beaumont-du-Perigord is an interesting contrast to the nearby village of Monpazier

Beaumont-du-Perigord guide

Beauville:

Beauville is one of several very small but pretty villages in the heart of the countryside

Beauville guide

Belves:

Belves is one of the liveliest and most attractive small towns in the Dordogne and has several historic monumnts of interest

Belves guide

Bergerac:

Bergerac is a substantial town on the banks of the river and with an extensive medieval old town. One of our favourite towns!

Bergerac guide

Beynac:

One of the most beautiful villages in France and also with stunning views and on of the most impressive Dordogne castles, Beynac is unmissable when you visit

Beynac guide

Biarritz:

The 19th century architecture and lovely beach and coast combine to make Biarritz a very popular destination

Biarritz guide

Biscarrosse:

A small and modern sea resort Biscarrosse is also one of the liveliest and most popular in the region

Biscarrosse guide

Blaye:

The town of Blaye is well known because of the extensive citadel and fortifications built here by Vauban in the 18th century

Blaye guide

Bordeaux:

Bordeaux is an unmissable town, one of the most lively and interesting in France and with lots to see and museums to visit...

Bordeaux guide

Bordeaux Waterfront:

The waterfront in Bordeaux is among the highlights of a visit to this lovely city

Bordeaux Waterfront guide

Bordeaux-Chartrons:

Chartrons is an attractive quarter of Bordeaux

Bordeaux-Chartrons guide

Bourdeilles:

Close to Brantome, the Chateau de Bourdeilles is quite modest compared with some in the region but a visit is still recommended

Bourdeilles guide

Brantome:

In an idyllic setting on the Isle River and with an imposing abbey, Brantome is a very enjoyable town to explore

Brantome guide

Cabanes du Breuil:

The Cabanes du Breuil are ancient farm buildings made from dry stone in the heart of the Dordogne

Cabanes du Breuil guide

Cadouin:

Cadouin is a small village best known for its medieval abbey, an important pilgrimage destination

Cadouin guide

Cambo-les-Bains:

Cambo-les-Bains is a small pleasant town, best known for its thermal waters and the gardens of the Villa Arnaga

Cambo-les-Bains guide

Cap Ferret:

At the south-west of the Medoc peninsula, Cap Ferret is quite an upmarket resort with several places of interest nearby

Cap Ferret guide

Capbreton:

Capbreton is a popular resort and beach that also has a traditionl harbour

Capbreton guide

Carcans:

Although small, Carcans-Plage is one of our favourite beach resorts in the Medoc

Carcans guide

Casteljaloux:

Towards the south of Lot-et-Garonne, Casteljloux has a small historic centre and a popula spa treatment centre

Casteljaloux guide

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a very pretty village best known for the Chateau de castelnaud, the most visited castle in the region

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle guide

Castillonnes:

Castillonnes is another Lot-et-Garonne bastide town, rather less touristic than most of the others

Castillonnes guide

Caudecoste:

Caudecoste is just one of the scenic villages along the border between Lot-et-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne

Caudecoste guide

Chateau de Beynac:

High on a clifftop and beautifuly restored, the Chateau de Beynac is our favourite castle in the region

Chateau de Beynac guide

Chateau de Biron:

The Chateau de Biron is a perfect way to discover the history and countryside of the southern Dordogne

Chateau de Biron guide

Chateau de Bonaguil:

The medieval Chateau-de-Bonaguil, in a lovely woodland setting, is one of our favourite castles in France

Chateau de Bonaguil guide

Chateau de Castelnaud:

The extensive Chateau de Castelnaud and the associated Museum of Medieval Weapons are very popular with both adults nd children

Chateau de Castelnaud guide

Chateau de Commarque:

The Chateau de Commarque is an imposing ruined castle that was 'found' in the forest and has now been cleared and opened to the public.

Chateau de Commarque guide

Chateau de Fumel:

The Chateau de Fumel is not open to the public but a walk through the adjacent gardens can be pleasant in spring

Chateau de Fumel guide

Chateau de Gavaudun:

Chateau de Gavaudun, a ruined medieval castle, sits high on a rock in the scenic Gavaudun Valley

Chateau de Gavaudun guide

Chateau de Hautefort:

At Chateau de Hautefort you can see a vey imposing castle and also extensive and carefuly maintaind garden

Chateau de Hautefort guide

Chateau de Jumilhac:

The Chateau de Jumilhac is in the northern Dordogn, within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park

Chateau de Jumilhac guide

Chateau de Losse:

Close to Montignac, the Chateau de Losse is an interesting castle that also has very pretty gardens

Chateau de Losse guide

Chateau de Montfort:

Close to Sarlat, the Chateau de Montfort is an imposing setting above the river - but unfortunately not open to the public

Chateau de Montfort guide

Chateau de Puyguilhem:

Extensive renovation work at the Chateau de Puyguilhem has brought a new lease of life to this Renaissance style castle

Chateau de Puyguilhem guide

Chateau de Puymartin:

The views, the furnishings and the legend of a resident ghost all combine to make Chateau de Puymartin an interesting destination

Chateau de Puymartin guide

Chateau des Milandes:

The beautifuly restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz dancer called Josephine Baker

Chateau des Milandes guide

Ciboure:

Once home to Maurice Ravel, Ciboure is a smal port and resort just south of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Ciboure guide

Daglan:

Daglan is a small village in the south of the Dordogne department on the river Céou

Daglan guide

Dax:

Established as a spa since Roman times, Dax is a pleasant if quiet town to visit

Dax guide

Domme:

The hilltop village of Domme has it all: a beautiful village, an extensive cave sytem, and very extensive views across the river and countryside

Domme guide

Dune de Pyla:

The Dune de Pyla is the largest sand dune in Europe and a Grand Site of France

Dune de Pyla guide

Duras:

Duras is a quiet town that is above all known for the local wine and the Chateau de Duras in the town

Duras guide

Eauze:

Eauze is a historic market town with attractive medieval buildings

Eauze guide

Espelette:

Home of red hot chillies, Espelette is a very traditional basque village in the western Pyrenees

Espelette guide

Excideuil:

The town of Excideuil in the northern Dordogne, has a lively market every Thursday and is close to two of the most important castles in the region

Excideuil guide

Eymet:

The bastide town of Eymet,south of Bergerac, has some lovely medieval houses and an attractive seting on the Dropt river

Eymet guide

Eynesse:

A nice place to stroll down to the banks of the Dordogne river - although there is not much else in this tiny village

Eynesse guide

Font-de-Gaume:

The caves at Font-de-Gaume are one of the last caves in France where the publi can still see original cave paintings

Font-de-Gaume guide

Frespech:

Frespech is another in the cluster of picturesque villages typical of this region

Frespech guide

Grotte de Rouffignac:

The Grotte de Rouffignac contains engravings and drawings of more than 100 mammouths

Grotte de Rouffignac guide

Hendaye:

Hendaye, the last resort in France before the Spanish border, also has a popular large sandy beach

Hendaye guide

Hondarribia:

Hondarribia is just across the border in Spain but we included it because its a very nice historic town!

Hondarribia guide

Hossegor:

Soorts is one of the smaller beach resorts along the extensive Atlantic coast in South-West France

Hossegor guide

Hourtin:

As well as its long beach, Hourtin also has the largest lake in France with lots of leisure activities

Hourtin guide

Issigeac:

The historic small town of Issigeac has many lovely old houses and the most famous Sunday market in the Dordogne

Issigeac guide

Itxassou:

Less visited than some of the traditional Basque villages here, Itxassou is also very pleasant to explore

Itxassou guide

Jardins de Marqueyssac:

The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are the most visited gardens in Aquitaine

Jardins de Marqueyssac guide

La Bastide-Clairence:

Labastide-Clairence is another of the most picturesque villages in the Basque region

La Bastide-Clairence guide

La Reole:

Largely ignored by visitors because of its proximity to Bordeaux we found La Reole to be a very pleasant, traditional Gironde town to explore

La Reole guide

La Rhune:

The Rhune is a small Pyrenees mountain that you can go up in a scenic train - a nice way to enjoy the scenery.

La Rhune guide

La Roque-Gageac:

The picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac is along the banks of the Dordogne river and also has semi-tropical gardens and ancient cave dwellings to see.

La Roque-Gageac guide

La-Roque-Saint-Christophe:

The prehistoric dwellings built in the cliffs at La Roque-Saint-Christophe are one of the most extensive of their type in France

La-Roque-Saint-Christophe guide

Labastide d'Armagnac:

Labastide d'Armagnac is a 13th century bastide town that has retained many of its historic buildings

Labastide d'Armagnac guide

Lacanau:

The resort of Lcanau Ocean is the most important coastal resort on the Medoc peninsula

Lacanau guide

Laroque-Timbaut:

Laroque-Timbaut is one of our favourite tiny villags in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne

Laroque-Timbaut guide

Laruns:

Laruns is a pretty village, but it is the surrounding mountain scenery that attracts most visitors here

Laruns guide

Lascaux caves:

The Lascaux Caves are famous worldwide because of the large number of prehistoric cave paintings to be seen

Lascaux caves guide

Laugerie-Basse:

Laugerie Basse is a prehistoric shelter in the Vezere Valley in the Dordogne

Laugerie-Basse guide

Lauzun:

Lauzun has a small castle, but ist main interest is its position in the valley of the Dropt River and the attractions nearby

Lauzun guide

Le Bugue:

The town of Le Bugue, on the Dordogne river banks, is very well situated to explore the region

Le Bugue guide

Le Canon and l'Herbe:

Canon and l'Herbe are very pretty traditional oyster fishing villages on the Bassin d'Arcachon

Le Canon and l'Herbe guide

Le Verdon-sur-Mer:

The small resort of Le Verdon-sur-Mer is quiet but has long sandy beaches

Le Verdon-sur-Mer guide

Les Eyzies:

Les Eyzies itself is a small traditional town, within easy reach of many of the most important prehistoric monuments of the Vezere Valley

Les Eyzies guide

Les Jardins de Sardy:

The Jardins de Sardy to the wet of Bergerac are one of our favourite gardens to visit in the region

Les Jardins de Sardy guide

Lesparre-Medoc:

A small town in Medoc, at Lesparre-Medoc you can see the remains of a medieval tower

Lesparre-Medoc guide

Libourne:

Not generally considered as a travel destination, we found the center of Libourne to be quite interesting to explore

Libourne guide

Limeuil:

Limeuil is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has a popular river beach where the Vezere and Dordogne rivers join

Limeuil guide

Margaux:

The village and region here are known worldwide because of the prestigious wines from Chateau Margaux

Margaux guide

Marmande:

The town of Marmande is not usually visited by tourists but if you are passing be sure to stop and take a look

Marmande guide

Mauvezin d'Armagnac:

Mauvezin d'Armagnac is a very small village in the Landes with good examples of the local styles of architecture

Mauvezin d'Armagnac guide

Mezin:

The small town of Mezin has a charming central market square with a fortified church

Mezin guide

Mimizan:

The resort at Mimizan Plage is a popular destination with several kilometres of sandy beaches

Mimizan guide

Miramont-de-Guyenne:

Miramont is slightly removed from the tourist areas; visit on Monday when the market takes place if possible.

Miramont-de-Guyenne guide

Molieres:

Molieres is small but perhaps the best example of an unspoiled bastide town in the region.

Molieres guide

Moliets:

Moliets is one of the more recently established resorts on the Atlantic coast, very popular with families

Moliets guide

Monbazillac:

Monbazillac is home to the Chateau de Monbazillac, famous producer of sweet white wines

Monbazillac guide

Monflanquin:

Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, the 13th century bastide town of Monflanquin has an attractive arcaded central square

Monflanquin guide

Monpazier:

Monpazier is an exceptional 13th century bastide town, among the most beautiful villages in France.

Monpazier guide

Monsegur:

The bastide town of Monsegur, in the Dropt Valley, has a substantial part of its original fortifications intact

Monsegur guide

Mont-de-Marsan:

Not usually thought of as a tourist destination, Mont-de-Marson merits a visit when you are in the region

Mont-de-Marsan guide

Montalivet:

The resort of Montaliver has a 12 kilometre beach, and has been popular since the 19th century

Montalivet guide

Montcaret:

At Montcaret you can visit the archaeological site of a Roman villa to see ancient mosaics

Montcaret guide

Montferrand-du-Perigord:

The pretty little village of Montferrand-du-Perigord is in a particularly scenic area and has a traditional market hall

Montferrand-du-Perigord guide

Montignac:

Best known for being close to Lascaux caves, the small town of Montignac is also very attractive

Montignac guide

Navarrenx:

Navarrenx is a traditional fortified French bastide town in the western pyrenees

Navarrenx guide

Nerac:

The quiet town of Nerac in the southern Lot-et-Garonne is ideally visited on Saturday, market day

Nerac guide

Nontron:

Nontron is a quiet town within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park to the north of the Dordogne

Nontron guide

Oloron-Sainte-Marie:

There are several sights of interest in Oloron-Saint-Marie including a picturesque section of river

Oloron-Sainte-Marie guide

Orthez:

The 13th century stone bridge across the river is a great place to start your viit to Orthez

Orthez guide

Pau:

The large town of Pau is well known for the views from the belvedere that cover a large section of Pyrenees mountains

Pau guide

Pauillac:

The small town of Pauillac is best known for the surrounding wine chateaux such as Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac guide

Pellegrue:

Pellegrue is a very small village but well worth exploring when you are visiting this part of the Dropt Valley

Pellegrue guide

Penne d'Agenais:

The street up through the historic centre of Penne d'Agenais leads you to the imposing, if quite recent, basilica on the hill.

Penne d'Agenais guide

Perigueux:

One of our favourite towns in the Dordogne, Perigueux has an imposing byzantine cathedral and an extensive medieval old town to explore

Perigueux guide

Plazac:

The village of Plazac is very small but well worth exploring, and well placed to discover many local highlights

Plazac guide

Port de Biganos:

The port at Biganos is surrounded by pretty cabins in painted colours

Port de Biganos guide

Poudenas:

The scenic village of Poudenas has a bridge across the small river and a castle with large gardens to visit

Poudenas guide

Pujols:

The small village of Pujols manages to squeeze a great deal of character, interesting houses and lovely views for such a small village!

Pujols guide

Puymirol:

Not far from Agen, the small town of Puymirol has a good number of interesting medieval houses in its old town

Puymirol guide

Riberac:

Riberac, a quiet and traditional town, is well known for the large market held here each Friday

Riberac guide

Saint-Amand-de-Coly:

The village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is one of the prettiest in the Dordogne, and also well placed s a base if you are exploring the region

Saint-Amand-de-Coly guide

Saint-Avit-Senieur:

Saint-Avit-Senieur is dominated by the substantial abbey ruins in the centre of the village

Saint-Avit-Senieur guide

Saint-Cyprien:

Saint-Cyprien village has a very picturesque historic centre and lovely views across the Dordogne region

Saint-Cyprien guide

Saint-Emilion:

Saint-Emilion is an exceptionally scenic town, and most unusual in being listed as a UNESCO heritage site

Saint-Emilion guide

Saint-Jean-de-Cole:

Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a small but very pretty village with a nice church and beautiful riverside setting

Saint-Jean-de-Cole guide

Saint-Jean-de-Luz:

A long established beach resort, Saint-Jean-de-Luz also has a lively and popular town centre to explore

Saint-Jean-de-Luz guide

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port:

The small village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port has a long established role on one of the important pulgrimage routes across France

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port guide

Saint-Justin:

Saint-Justin is a peaceful bastide town in the Landes department with an authentic medieval historic centre

Saint-Justin guide

Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere:

In the heart of the UNESCO listed Vézère Valley, the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the loveliest in the Dordogne

Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere guide

Saint-Pompon:

Saint-Pompon, France is a small village to the south of the Dordogne department with an attractive historic centre

Saint-Pompon guide

Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc:

While Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc would not be considered a tourist destination, you might like to stop and admire the church when you are passing

Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc guide

Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois:

Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois is a fortified village with a church on a hilltop west of Agen

Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois guide

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande:

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, on the Dordogne river west of Bergerac, has an attractive medieval centre with several houses of interest

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande guide

Salies-de-Bearn:

The small town of Salies-de-Bearn is a pleasure to explore, and a nice place to visit when you are passing through the region

Salies-de-Bearn guide

Sare:

Sare is one of several traditional Basque towns in the western Pyrenees, with lots of houses in the local architectural style

Sare guide

Sarlat:

Sarlat is the historic capital of the region, and perhaps the most remarkable and intact historic town in France. Highly recommended!

Sarlat guide

Sauveterre-de-Bearn:

The view from the terrace in front of the church in Sauveterre-de-Béarn is one of our favourites in the Basque Pyrenees region

Sauveterre-de-Bearn guide

Sauveterre-de-Guyenne:

The layout of the town of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne still follows its original medieval plan almost exactly

Sauveterre-de-Guyenne guide

Soulac-sur-Mer:

Soulac-sur-Mer is a long established beach resort at the north of the Medoc peninsula

Soulac-sur-Mer guide

Terrasson:

The quiet town of Terrasson in the north of the department is best known for the extensive Gardens of the Imagination

Terrasson guide

The Grotte du Grand Roc:

The Grotte du Grand Roc is a beautiful natural cave system in the Dordogne.

The Grotte du Grand Roc guide

Thiviers:

Thiviers is a very typical Dordogne market town, best known for the foie gras produced in the surrounding countryside

Thiviers guide

Tournon d'Agenais:

The steep streets of Tournon d'Agenais lead you around the historic centre of one of our favourite villages in central Lot-et-Garonne

Tournon d'Agenais guide

Tremolat:

Trémolat is a very small but attractive village, close to the scenic highlight at the Cingle de Tremolat which has far-reaching views across the river

Tremolat guide

Vertheuil:

In this tiny village you can see Vertheuil Abbey and also the ruins of an ancient castle

Vertheuil guide

Villamblard:

North of Bergerac, Villamblard is a pleasant town to discover and surrounded by attractive countryside

Villamblard guide

Villefranche-du-Perigord:

Surrounded by the forests that produce the famous local chestnuts, Villefranche-du-Perigord is a small and unspoiled bastide town

Villefranche-du-Perigord guide

Villeneuve de Mezin:

This tiny village is just one of several in the northern Gascony region that have a fortified ancient church.

Villeneuve de Mezin guide

Villeneuve-sur-Lot:

In Villeneuve-sur-Lot it is the views from th bridge across the river, the bastide square and the church that are of interest to visitors

Villeneuve-sur-Lot guide

Villereal:

Villereal is one of our favourite medieval bastide towns, with an impressive wooden market hall occupying the centre of the main market square

Villereal guide